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The Big Buffett Silver Trade

The Big Buffett Silver Trade

Known as the "Oracle of Omaha," many believe Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Group, to be the greatest investor of all time. What many investors may not know about Warren Buffett is his big silver buying spree 20 years ago. From 1997 until 2006, Berkshire Hathaway bought over 37% of the world’s silver supply. A keen value investor, Buffett saw silver's collapse from $50 an ounce to under $10 an ounce as a buying ... >> Read More        
The Uncertain Path to the Barber Quarter

The Uncertain Path to the Barber Quarter

Charles E. Barber, the sixth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, set out to design a set of coinage consisting of a new dime, quarter and half dollar. While the coins would ultimately carry his name (“Barber coins”) he decided to invite artists to submit designs for the new pieces. Artists were asked to submit models in low relief for judging. Barber’s guidelines were more stringent than those of previous competitions. He required that ... >> Read More        
Find Your Territory

Find Your Territory

At the end of Mark Twain’s, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the main character tells the reader that he is going to “light out for the territories.” That is, he is going to head out to the great frontier. In this new chapter of history, investors should consider how they will reach the frontier…the efficient frontier. The efficient frontier is a concept that is part of modern portfolio theory, or MPT. The idea behind modern ... >> Read More        
David Beahm Blanchard CEO

Monday Morning Wrap Up – May 25, 2020

Harold Hamm lost more than $3 billion in March. The self-made billionaire is scrambling to survive the bust in oil prices, which saw New York crude oil trade below $0 a barrel last month. With no college degree, Hamm first hit it big by drilling in an overlooked North Dakota oil field over a decade ago. The coronavirus pandemic tanked global demand for crude oil, another market completely disrupted by the crisis. While you probably ... >> Read More        
Who decides what is normal

Who Decides What is Normal?

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Approximately half of the states in the US are starting to relax social distancing measures. This fractious approach to returning to “normalcy” has become the defining characteristic of the country’s response to COVID-19. Some states are extending aggressive stay-at-home measures. Others never fully embraced them in the first place. Despite this asymmetry, there appears to be a uniform hesitance among Americans to embrace business as usual. While the government and states can issue formal re-opening ... >> Read More        
David Beahm Blanchard CEO

Monday Morning Wrap Up: May 18, 2020

The days are getting longer. The sun is shining brighter. Flowers are blooming. Garden centers are reopening in many part of the country so people can begin their spring planting: seeds, tomato plants, annuals and more. Spring is a time of new beginnings. We as a country are still mired in a great deal of uncertainty, yet there is so much to be hopeful about. In the midst of the economic distress, tragic health issues ... >> Read More        
This Coin Is Hard To Find

This Coin Is Hard To Find

If you collect rare coins, you are probably familiar with the Winged Liberty Head Dime, popularly known as the “Mercury” Dime. The U.S. mint struck this beloved coin from 1916 until 1945. This is one of the most popular and iconic coins that numismatists acquire for sets. Easy availability of most of the years is one reason that even beginning collector will reach the satisfying goal of owning a Mercury Dime set. Within the Mercury ... >> Read More        
David Beahm Blanchard CEO

Monday Morning Wrap Up: May 11, 2020

America is Resilient As we move into the second month of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's worth pausing to remember how our country overcame past crises. Remember the historical events that shook our country like the Spanish flu, the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor, 1970's oil embargo, 9/11, the 2008 financial crisis and more. America is resilient. We as a nation worked through previous crises and this too shall pass.  While the details and cause of the ... >> Read More        
The Role of Rare Coins in Your Portfolio

The Role of Rare Coins in Your Portfolio

Many numismatists acquire rare coins for their rich history, exquisite beauty and absolute uniqueness. Owning early U.S. American gold and silver coins opens a window to a bygone era in history and invites exploration of the exciting years as our nation developed. Once you begin learning about rare coins, the interest, love and appreciation for this unique asset class grows stronger. Beyond the pure aesthetics of rare coin ownership, there is proven historical research that ... >> Read More        
David Beahm Blanchard CEO

Monday Morning Wrap Up: May 3, 2020

A message from David Beahm President and CEO Opening Up Over half of America is beginning a week with looser coronavirus restrictions. While some states remain under shelter-in-place orders, other states are reopening for business. Gyms, malls and hair salons are beginning to reopen in a scattering of states amid warnings from public health officials that the moves could cost lives. Will there be a cost to opening up? What about a second wave of ... >> Read More